As Americans prep for winter, all-wheel drive capability and enhanced safety features will top the priority list for automobile shoppers. Whether getting out of a parking spot in the snow or avoiding an accident with an out-of-control car are on the agenda, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s best-rated vehicles are worthy candidates. Here are seven AWD vehicles that scored highest on the IIHS list.
The IIHS is wild about the 2014 Mitsubishi (MSBHY.PK) Outlander, which landed Top Safety Pick Plus designation after scoring the highest rating in all five crash tests. The SE S-AWC model delivers four all-wheel drive settings, including “SNOW” for inclement weather and “LOCK” for drivers heading off-road.